Recipe courtesy of Carl Ruiz

Roasted Papaya Escabeche

This tropical side dish surprises the palate with its sweet and acidic notes.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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3 cups papaya planks (like steak-cut french fries)

1 yellow onion, sliced

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

4 cloves garlic, sliced thinly

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh ginger strips

Leaves from 1 sprig fresh cilantro

Leaves from 1 sprig fresh thyme

Juice of 1 fresh lime

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Add the papaya, onion, sugar and vinegar to a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until the papaya is soft and the liquid has reduced slightly, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely over a bowl of crushed ice.
  2. Stir in the garlic, olive oil, ginger, cilantro, thyme and lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.